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Old 01-08-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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I need some ideas for teaching finding volume of rectangular prisms. Any hands-on ideas. Maybe something with using an LCD. I am getting my observation done on this lesson - and it can be so blah - so I would like to jazz it up some.


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I have done a great activity for the last few years which is really engaging. However, it takes 2 days to complete.

Students are placed in small groups and then are given the job of creating an updated juice container that is a rectangular prism to fit better in a child's lunch box. They are given a minimum volume in cc's and must decide the best dimension to use for the juice box. They then create a net for their box (card stock with cm grid printed on it), decorate it and construct the box.

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This is adapted from this site: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3497
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This juice box lesson looks great! I can't wait to try it with my sixth graders. Thanks for sharing!!
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Thanks, Janiebird19, that's a great idea!
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Juice box idea is awesome...
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Thank you for the great idea. I am a 5th grade teacher and I am just introducing the concept of volume. The students are not introduced to surface area yet either. Will this lesson still work if I leave that part out? Any suggestions as to how I can adapt this more toward beginner learners?


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You could leave surface area out, but I don't think it is really necessary since they should already know how to find the area of a rectangle. If you use cm grid paper, they can even just count the squares on each face. I do teach 5th graders, but volume of a rectangular prism is a 6th grade indicator for Maryland.
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I use this web site. It really shows volume in three dimension. http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=6
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Thank you!!
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